Open Access? Open Research?
What does it mean for researchers in the United States?
Open access makes published academic research freely and permanently available online. Anyone, anywhere can read and build upon this research.
It is also part of the larger umbrella term 'open research' that looks beyond the peer-reviewed journal article or book at the wider research cycle. Open research is also referred to as 'open science' or 'open scholarship'.
In the United States (US), open access has grown much more slowly than in Europe, with fewer colleges and funders expecting researchers to make their research open access from publication.
An alternative to full or 'gold' open access - where the final published article is permanently and freely available online for anyone to read - is green open access. This means that an earlier version of the article is posted online, possibly in a repository. Most funders in the US have a green open access policy, including the National Institutes of Health and the Office of Science and Technology Policy.
Explore open access journals popular with researchers in the US
|Journal Title||Journal Scope||Indexing|
|Cogent Arts & Humanities||Cultural Studies, Literature, Philosophy, Visual Arts||DOAJ, Scopus, ESCI|
|Cogent Business & Management||Accounting, Management, Marketing, Operations||DOAJ, EBSCO, ESCI|
|Cogent Education||Curriculum, Policy, Assessment, Development||DOAJ, Scopus, ESCI|
|Cogent Psychology||Clinical, Social, Health, Developmental||DOAJ, Scopus, ESCI|
|Cogent Social Sciences||Criminology, Geography, Sociology, Sport||DOAJ, Scopus, ESCI|
|European Journal of Psychotraumatology||Consequences of stress and trauma||PubMed Central, DOAJ, 2018 IF 3.020|
|Health Psychology & Behavioral Medicine||Psychosocial, behavioral and biomedical aspects of health||DOAJ, Scopus, ESCI|
|Journal of Applied Economics||Applied issues in micro and macroeconomics||DOAJ, SSCI, 2018 IF 0.588|
A-Z of Open AccessFree Access: Articles in subscription journals which are available for non-subscribers to read.
Funder Mandates: Authors are required by their funder to publish open access.
Gold Open Access: The final published version of your article (or Version of Record) is permanently and freely available online for anyone, anywhere to read.
Green Open Access: When an earlier version of a manuscript is posted online or in a repository, also known as 'self-archiving'.
Hybrid Open Access: An article that is published open access but in a journal with a subscription-based model.
Open Access: Published academic research is freely and permanently available online. Anyone, anywhere can read and build upon this research.
Open Research: Other 'open' outputs of the research cycle, including research data, code and lab work.
Open Select: The same as hybrid open access.
Funding for researchers in the USWhen publishing gold open access, researchers or their institutions or funders often need to pay an article publishing charge (APC). However, there are many funding options available to help authors cover these charges.
The charge for your article may differ from the standard APC if your institution or research funder has an open access publishing agreement or an open access membership with Taylor & Francis.
In addition to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) public access policy and the OSTP (Office of Science and Technology Policy) memorandum, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, World Bank and World Health Organization offer open access funding internationally.
For more information on funding in the US, check out the National Funder section of our dedicated page.